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3 Ways to Wellbeing: How to Make a Healthier Mindset

During busy times of the school year, it can be all too easy to overlook mental and emotional wellbeing. But there are simple, evidence-based habits that can help us students cope with stress, and they’re easy to incorporate into everyday life. Here are three that I learned through the Health and Wellness Centre's 5 Ways to Wellbeing workshop, a campus program that teaches participants how to promote positive mental health.

Feeling close to people promotes joy. I know after spending quality time with my closest friends and family I often feel happier and grounded. This may not be new information; if so, treat it as a sign. Text someone you care about right now, perhaps someone you haven’t spoken to in a while and let them know that you’re thinking about them.

Connections shouldn’t be limited to deep relationships alone. Fostering broader connections, like the ones we might have with some of our colleagues and classmates, can also be rewarding because they remind us of the delight of interconnectedness. Getting involved in U of T student clubs and activities is a great way to connect with new peers.

Be Active
Studies show that people who exercise have lower rates of anxiety and depression. The best part about movement as medicine is that it doesn’t have to be strenuous to feel great and be good for you. For me, Pilates and yoga are my go-to's because they are low-impact yet invigorating. 

Canadian health guidelines suggest adults, people over 18, get 150 minutes of physical activity per week – that’s only 21 mins a day. There are a variety of ways to move on campus (walking to class totally counts). Students can access open gym spaces, dance classes and even free skating.


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Take notice
This suggestion from the workshop was my favourite because of its simplicity. To take notice means two things: Self-assess and savour. The first part means reflecting on how you feel and what you’re thinking. By getting to understand ourselves, we can begin to be kinder to ourselves and get better at self-criticism.

The second part means enjoying good moments in our day-to-day life. To bask in contentment. It could take the form of starting a daily gratitude journal, a place to quickly jot down reasons to be happy. I’ve practiced this method for years and I always leave an entry feeling blissful and thankful.

These three actions are infallible mood boosters but they may not be good enough for everyone on their own. The full 5 Ways to Wellbeing workshop has more tips and information on how to promote wellbeing. As well, students are encouraged to seek individual support if they need one-on-one help. To connect to the Health and Wellness Centre for an in-person appointment call 416-978-8030 between 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. You can also find more programs and resources online.

Be well, 

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